Mr H. Marriott

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MR Hubert (Bert) Marriott, has died in Grantham Hospital. He was 90.

He was born in Bingham.

At the age of 14 he left school and worked on a farm until joining the Army. He served in three regiments - The Sherwood Foresters, the Leicestershires, and the Durham Light Infantry. While in India, he moved from the 2nd Battalion to the Chindits and marched into Burma on February 5, 1944, having covered many hundreds of miles, carrying 70lb of equipment. They hacked a path with machetes and carried heavy weapons in 15-minute stints, reaching base camp up to two or three stones lighter.

On August 15, 1945, he returned to Europe and served in the Durham Light Infantry in Germany, until his demobilisation - a disciplined, resourceful and courageous man.

After leaving the Army, Mr Marriott worked for many years as a storeman at Blue Circle Cement in Barnstone, cycling there in all weathers.

Mr Marriott was a keen sports fan and a great supporter of Nottingham Forest Football Club and Nottinghamshire cricket team. He enjoyed gardening, especially in his greenhouse, and crossword puzzles.

He had been married to Marjorie for nearly 50 years when she sadly died in 1998.

The funeral service was held in St Helen’s Church, Plungar, conducted by the Rev Dr Mark Smith. Burial followed in the churchyard.

Family mourners included: Errol Marriott, Carol and John Morris and Laura Morris.

Other mourners included: Eric Sharp, president of Bingham RBL, and G. Forster (Bingham Royal British Legion), Andrew Charlett (Granby, Barnstone and District RBL), Mr G. Spence (Hose and Harby RBL), Clive Jones and John Styles (Lafarge Cement and Barnstone and Granby RBL), Mr T. Clayton, Kevin, Maria and Nakeisha Creed, Francis Harold Wood (Cross Swords), Heather Grainger (Cross Swords), Chris and Maria Lamin, Rachel Watson, Mrs M. Starbuck, Malcolm and June Grant, Geoff Rawlings, Terry Rawlings, Neil Rawlings, Roy Hourd, Adam Goodwin, Colin and Nina Clayton, Nigel and Lynne Palmer, Maurice Baxter, Mr and Mrs Darcy Brooks, Lindsey and Cas, Mike Waring, Lynn and Andrew Wrigley, Mike Metcalfe, Caroline Addison, Sarah Highet, Jane, Trevor and Gavin Morris, Allan and Jean Brierley, Frank and Jean Moulds, Anne and Michael Phillips, James Stephenson, John Parker, D. Welbourn, Jim and Mo Parsons, Elaine and Richard Pell, Neil Thurlby, Simon Needham, Dennis and Joan Kirk, Christine and John Bouckley, Miss E. Scarborough, Alison and Paul Coulson, Tracey and John Palmer and Lee Coxon.

Funeral arrangements were by William Roberts and Sons, Devon Lane, Bottesford.

Donations for the Royal British Legion Bingham branch, amount to £226.39 to date.